Yale School of Management

Action: Inclusive Community

A genuinely inclusive community, one that respects all its members and promotes equity, not only welcomes more people from diverse backgrounds, but also creates a richer learning environment for all.

Actions

Create a Council to Advise the Dean on Anti-racism, Diversity, and Climate

Announced Fall 2020
The Council on Anti-racism and Equity includes representatives from the school’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff. It advises the dean and provides a mechanism for communication of needs and issues to the school’s senior leadership.

  • Update: Council members were selected and their work commenced this fall. The group announced that its new name would be the Council on Anti-racism and Equity (CARE) and formed subcommittees focused on the three priority areas of inclusive community, academics and classroom culture, and representation. Information on the council can be found on this page and will be updated over time as work progresses.


Increase resources for the Community and Inclusion office

Announced Fall 2020
The school will devote additional funds and other resources to the inclusiveness efforts led by the C&I office.

  • Update: The school has increased the Community and Inclusion budget to support increased programming, and added resources for the creation of a school-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion report.


Expand programming available to the full Yale SOM community

Announced Fall 2020
The school will sponsor training, bring in outside experts, and facilitate meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion.

  • Update: The school’s Community and Inclusion group has spearheaded expanded DEI programming during orientation for all incoming students; this has included bringing in an expert guest speaker who discussed Race, Identity, and Navigating Difficult Conversations. In addition, C&I has launched a “Conversations that Matter” speaker series and overseen a substantial expansion of events dedicated to Black History Month. 


Create a greater space for discourse about racism at SOM

Announced Fall 2020
There must be a privileged space in our community for ongoing vigorous and robust debate. We will create lecture series and other fora intentionally designed to bring all sides together in discussion and debate.

  • Update: The Dean’s Office has sponsored major speaker events that foster discussion of anti-racism. Additional series and plans are being developed.


Revisit the iconography in Edward P. Evans Hall

Announced Fall 2020
The school will review the art works and other displays in Edward P. Evans Hall to ensure they reflect the diversity of the Yale SOM community. 

  • Update: The school secured funding of $50,000 per year over five years to diversify the art portrayed in Evans Hall. A task force composed of students, faculty, and staff—including members of the Council on Anti-racism and Equity—will oversee the development of this program and make additional recommendations. In addition, the school is using the digital screens around campus to highlight the values that SOM alumni draw upon to help them in their professional lives; each month a diverse selection of alumni from different years, programs, regions, industries, genders, and ethnicities will be featured.


Build mutually beneficial connections with the City of New Haven

Announced Fall 2020
We will identify, incentivize, and strengthen ways to connect talent in the SOM community with those in the local community who could benefit from assistance. 

  • Update: The school will seek to engage with New Haven organizations by engaging SOM students, staff and faculty in joint community service efforts.


Work with recruiters to promote diversity and inclusion

Announced Fall 2020
Recruiting is a major part of students’ Yale SOM experience. The school will work with companies to encourage and enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.